Knee pain is driving your mom mad. If she walks around after sitting for some time, her knee hurts and takes a while to loosen back up. After sleeping, her knee is stiff and sore. What can you do to help her remain mobile?
First, Talk to Her Doctor
It's time for your mom to see her doctor. Osteoarthritis is the likely cause of her pain. It occurs when the cartilage between the leg bones wears thin. That leads to inflammation and swelling.
Osteoarthritis is typically treated by getting more exercise, losing weight, and using over-the-counter NSAID medications that ease pain and relieve inflammation. Injections of corticosteroids or hyaluronic acid may be recommended. In some cases, surgery is recommended.
You need to talk to the doctor to make sure that the blood flow to the bone isn't the cause of the pain. There is a condition in women over 60 in which blood flow to the bone is reduced. That should be treated as early as possible to prevent severe osteoarthritis.
Talk to her doctor to see if a knee brace would help. Sometimes, the brace reduces enough pressure on the joint to help your mom become more mobile.
Second, Make Sure She Exercises
It seems counterproductive. She's in pain and doesn't want to put weight on her knee. You need to make sure your mom gets plenty of exercises. A 30-minute walk every day is a good start.
If she has a hard time walking, a cane or walking stick might help. If that's not enough, look into fitness programs in the local public pool. She'll be more buoyant in the water, and that reduces stress on the knee joint.
Third, Add Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Her Diet
It doesn't help to add foods with anti-inflammatory properties to her diet. Many of the foods that help fight inflammation are fruits and vegetables, so they're great choices. Increase the produce your mom consumes. Look specifically for items like berries, leafy greens, tomatoes and red bell peppers, and fatty fish like mackerel and sardines.
Fourth, Hire Elder Care Aides to Help Her at Home
If your mom's doctor decides she needs knee surgery, caregivers can help her around the home while she recuperates. If she has arthritis and surgery isn't recommended, you can still have elder care aides come to help her with harder tasks like carrying laundry, cleaning low areas like the bathtub, or climbing stairs. Call an elder care agency to discuss schedules and rates.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Denver, CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare West Denver. Call today: (720) 263-6060.